Juggler of Our Lady HC (2015 Dover) The Classic Christmas Story comic books
1st printing. Story and art by R. O. Blechman. Cantalbert is a simple juggler but the world takes no interest in his only real gift, and he feels inadequate compared to people with meaningful jobs. Seeking a more spiritual approach to life, he enters a monastery. Cantalbert's menial chores among the monks fail to instill the self-doubting juggler with any sense of worth - until he experiences a soul-stirring encounter with a statue of Mary, the Mother of Christ. This magical 1953 retelling of a medieval legend, featuring winsome watercolor images by famed illustrator R. O. Blechman, constitutes a predecessor to the modern graphic novel. Hardcover, 6-in. x 9-in., 144 pages, full color. Cover price $12.99.